Welcome to Thursday’s Marlins (52-75, -38 RD) vs. Nationals (54-71, -49 RD) game thread. The Fish can claim their first series victory over the Nats in 2021.
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Nationals Starting Lineup
- CF Victor Robles
- SS Alcides Escobar
- RF Juan Soto
- 1B Josh Bell
- LF Yadiel Hernández
- 3B Carter Kieboom
- 2B Luis García
- C Tres Barrera
- LHP Patrick Corbin (2021 season stats: 5.82 ERA, 5.39 FIP, 18.6 K%, 40.4 HardHit% in 133.0 IP)
Notes: With very little protection for him in the lineup, Soto has drawn an astounding 27 walks in 22 games played since the trade deadline...Corbin has pitched some dominant games against the Marlins in the past, but he ranks among MLB’s worst qualified starters in 2021. Nobody in the National League has allowed more earned runs (86) or homers (29).
Marlins Starting Lineup
- SS Miguel Rojas
- 1B Jesús Aguilar
- CF Lewis Brinson
- RF Jesús Sánchez
- 3B Brian Anderson
- C Jorge Alfaro
- 2B Isan Díaz
- LF Bryan De La Cruz
- RHP Elieser Hernandez (2021 season stats: 4.15 ERA, 5.59 FIP, 26.4 K%, 33.3 HardHit% in 17.1 IP)
Notes: Rojas’ 12 career hits against Corbin are tied for his highest total against any opposing pitcher...Over the last two weeks, Alex Jackson is striking out at a 59.0% rate (23 K in 39 PA). He is particularly vulnerable against pitches waist-high or above...The most well-rested relievers available in the Marlins bullpen are Paul Campbell, Ross Detwiler, Sean Guenther, Steven Okert and Austin Pruitt.
How to watch/listen/follow
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET. Watch on Bally Sports Florida or listen to the radio broadcast on 940 WINZ.
Isaac Azout (@IsaacAzout) is covering the game at LoanDepot Park. Ethan Budowsky will handle the game recap article.
All Marlins full-season minor league affiliates are also in action (weather permitting). Follow @FishProspects for notes and highlights.
Please submit your picks for the following props. The contest locks at first pitch.
- When does the first run score? (Before 8:00 PM ET/After 8:00 PM ET)
- Over/Under 1.5 hits for Miguel Rojas? (Over/Under)
- Over/Under 249.5 total pitches thrown? (Over/Under)
- Will Sandy León get any at-bats? (Yes/No)
- Who wins? (Nationals/Marlins)